Two undocumented students are using the power of social media to encourage Millennials to become politically active.
Justino Mora, 26, and Ivan Ceja, 23, developed Undocumedia.org, a site that provides information about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). President Obama started the policy in June of 2012 allowing undocumented immigrants who came to America before their 16th birthday and before June 2007 (among other requirements) to receive a work permit that’s renewable after two years.
Ceja, who grew up and still lives in Compton, was one of the first to apply and get accepted and he soon found himself being sought out for help regarding the application process. He first decided to launch a site about his experience before relaunching it as Undocumedia.org in August of last year. He joined forces with Mora, a self-taught computer programmer, to develop a user-friendly source of information for undocumented youth.
“I wanted it to be more than informational. I decided to rebrand it as Undocumedia, a term used to refer to the use of different mediums to create awareness,” he said. “Through social media you can create communities.”
Since the relaunch that community has grown from 1,000 to nearly 14,000 on Facebook and more than 11,000 on Instagram. In March they officially became a nonprofit and they recently revamped the site to make it bilingual, no easy feat for two college students.